Hills Like White Elephants By Ernest Hemingway

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Hills Like White Elephants, short story by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1927 in the periodical transition and later that year in the collection Men Without Women. The themes of this sparsely written vignette about an American couple waiting for a train in
Spain are almost entirely implicit. The story is largely devoid of plot and is notable for its use of irony, symbolism, and repetition. (Encyclopedia Britannica). The Short Story brings the read into a discussion, between a man and a girl. They go back and forth about trying to make a decision in their relationship. Some say Hemingway gives the reader very little in insight, and leaves the reader somewhat baffled. Hemingway gives us a glimps into a conversation that might be the hardest thing the couple has ever faced in their relationship. They are discussing weather or not the girl should have a procedure, and abortion.
The setting of the short story takes place in the 1920’s in Spain, at a Train station.
The American, the male in the story expresses how hot it is outside. The American and the girl sit and drink beers outside, where there is no shade. The couple sits and drinks it seems they are drinking to pass time but to also not bring up the issues at hand the procedure. “they look like white elephants” says the girl. I believe this is a metaphor. The man says “I’ve never seen one” and brushes the girls comment aside. The man and the girls seems to be having a bit of a disagreement. “you started it “ the girl says .

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